Mark March 31, 2017 on your calenders. The Smurfs will be back on screen in the computer-animated Get Smurfy. They must beat Gargamel in the quest for origin answers found only in the Enchanted Forest.
Smurfette will be voiced by pop star Demi Lovato as the lone female Smurf searches for answers on why she’s the only girl. Vanity is a great partner for beauty tips, but really, if Jungle Smurf exists…why not another female?
And can they eat their houses if extremely hungry, just take a hunk out of the inside? Things to note in the land of blue creatures. Also, why blue? Why not green, orange, purple, or even neon pink? Does that tie with Smurfette’s origins?
Papa Smurf’s getting an upgrade with Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride) voicing the wise leader. As always, the grumbly, somewhat annoyed father figure will be guiding the other Smurfs. “I’ve always dreamed of having 99 kids and having them listen to me,” he joked. But if there are 100 Smurfs, who is the one who doesn’t listen? Brainy?
Meanwhile, evil wizard Gargamel’s meeting Rainn Wilson (The Office) in the latest reincarnation. When told it wasn’t a Gargamel movie, the actor played along, saying “my agent told me it was a Gargamel movie.” Of course, that couldn’t stay, adding, “Fine, it’s a Smurfs movie. For now.”
“The continued popularity of the Smurfs is unmistakable, and this new outing will return them to the fully-animated world that launched them,” said director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet). Nostalgia’s a good pull in the constant remakes of Generation Y favorite franchises.
Announced on June 14, Global Smurfs Day, Sony Pictures will be returning to the more original style of Peyo Culliford and the 1980s cartoon. And the audience is definitely there for another adventure. The latest Columbia Pictures franchise has grossed over $900 million worldwide.
Producer Jordan Kerner (Charlotte’s Web, The Smurfs) agrees. “We felt it was important to take a very different approach with this origin story. It returns to the roots of Peyo’s creation in this CG animated adventure.”
While the Smurf franchise has been lucrative, some fans felt the storyline had wandered too far away from the adventures that made the stories popular for nearly six decades. 2017 will mark the 59th anniversary for the Belgian artist’s creation.
“I hope it will delight not only fans but audiences worldwide. We couldn’t be more excited with the talented new cast we’re starting to assemble for our Smurfy reboot!”
Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) will co-produce with Kerner.
“We have gathered a group of filmmakers and artists who have grown up with these loveable characters, and Get Smurfy will be imbued with the same spirit of adventure that first made all of us lifelong fans of these little blue guys…and girl,” said Sony Pictures Animation’s Kristine Belson.
Belson was hired earlier this year to help build the studio’s new division. And with an Oscar-nomination for Dreamworks’s The Croods, she may be the perfect one to help lead the way.
Before the Smurfs hit the big screen again, look out for Hotel Transylvania 2 in September.
Originally posted in i4u News